The keys to bruxism: symptoms and reasons why you grind your teeth at night

Does your head hurt when you wake up lately? Do you feel pressure? Maybe stress could have a lot to do with it. According to a recent study, headaches were much more frequent during this spring than during the past 2019. In a total of 10 US states, migraines and tension headaches rose 54% above pre-pandemic levels in March when officials imposed strict measures to slow the spread of the virus. The uncertainty of live a global pandemic it has caused problems for everyone.

But maybe that pain is because you've been grinding your teeth overnight without realizing it. In fact, in another new study that was published in 'The New York Times', a dentist claims that during the pandemic you have observed dental fractures coming from bruxism. And it was not the only one. Several investigations indicate that during the last six months anxiety, depression and mental illnesses have increased, which may in turn be related to increases in bruxism and clenching.

Bruxism or teeth grinding can lead to more serious health problems, from pain to even loss of ability to chew

The problem with bruxism is that it occurs when you are sound asleep, so it is difficult for you to realize it. For this reason it is important that discover the symptoms to be able to do something about it as soon as possible. According to 'Prevention', these are:

  • Dental wear
  • Facial pain
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Tight facial muscles (mainly jaw)
  • Headaches
  • Jaw dislocation
  • Clicking in the temporomandibular joint (the one that connects the jaw to the skull)
  • Damage to the inside of the cheek
  • Indentations in the tongue

Some of these symptoms are harder to detect without the help of a dentistTherefore, it is recommended to be especially cautious if you wake up with headaches, have interrupted sleep or lately you notice sensitive teeth (especially with extreme temperatures).

In the last six months there have been increases in bruxism and clenching

Bruxism or teeth grinding can lead to more serious health problems, from pain to even loss of ability to chew. It is therefore important to contact a dentist if you have any suspicions that you might suffer from it. Sometimes the solution is as simple as wearing a mouth guard at night. At other times it is a bit more complex and you may require orthodontics to solve the problem, or even treatment to learn to 'rest' your tongue and teeth correctly. It is also important to learn to manage stress by reading, taking walks, or even taking hot baths before bed.

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At mealtime avoid hard foods to do not force your jaw, try not to chew gum, drink plenty of water and stretch your muscles from the mouth. And, of course, go to the dentist if you think it is necessary. Sometimes prevention ahead of time is the best remedy of all.